Zac Build Guide by CptTeemoOnDuty
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+9 Adaptive (5.4 AD or 9 AP)
+8 Magic Resist
Threats & Synergies
His pillar and ultimate
His ultimate denies your combo's damage
His Devour denies damage on a target
Her speed bonus on entire team
Tumbles and %hp shred
Careful for zhonia, otherwise pretty immobile
Should be your target if in the enemy team, careful for silence.
Good engage combo, combining ultimates too.
Can be very good to engage with on botlane or later teamfights.
Can deny your entire combo, or set it up perfectly. Just be cautious with him.
Lets you stun people in his tower range but also drag them back to it.
Good combo with Zac's engage and Lulu's ultimate
High cc combo
So you want to play the zac?, in the following guide I will try my best to give some insight on the champion. Zac is pretty straightforward, high CC tank who scales on health and AP, and is mostly played as a jungler. This guide will focus on his tanky "usual" type of build, not on a full AP zac combo.
Zac is mostly useful in compositions that want to teamfight and need some harder engage, his combo allows you to do so and lets you pull of some great teamfight combos that actually can make a difference between winning and losing the game.
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So you want to be aggressive while playing Zac? Good, but keep in mind the next things:
When you decide to play it a bit safer, slower for certain reasons, be aware of these risks:
Before anything, I'd like to mention that you should always adapt your items to consider your enemies, some items are good in almost all situations, but of course as a tank you should really consider what type of enemies you face. Spam mages? Buy Adaptive Helm, crit AD's? Buy Randuin's Omen, No AP champions? focus on armor and health, the list can go on so always have an open mind to items.
Go big... or go home
Keep track of enemies
So before I show certain matchups where Zac can struggle I'd like to make a small list that will reflect some of the reasons why, aside from also pointing out other potential threats that I haven't listed so far.
This might come as a surprise to you but Janna is actually a good counter against Zac, here is a list to why and what to try and avoid.
So all in all, try to engage on her without being seen or either when she has her cooldowns, try and wait till she uses her tornado for example.
So, we named Janna already, but there are more supports who impose smaller but still persistent threats to Zac.
There might be some other minor things that might lock you down, since crowd control is always present. So always remember what the enemy has that can potentially deny you.
Trundle could be put in the support section but as he now is mostly played as a jungler, I decided to give him his own section, although there are only two things to keep in mind.
There are a lot of ADC's that impose no threat to Zac, as his damage usually is enough to handle them, even so if you target them with an ally you should be able to make quick work of them, this doesn't mean that all of them are, plus some might actually have their own tricks up their sleeve.
Work in progress
TL;DR? here is a short section on how to play Zac
Changes to the guide: